Manannan’s Offerings

I make my offerings on St. John’s day, the traditional date that has so much European (and beyond) folklore associated with it.

I gathered (tule) reeds and yellow flowers. I also bake a bannock (non-traditional offering). I bring them to a nearby shoreline, where there are ruins of a Victorian bathhouse and a cave. The tide was unusually low and a sandy beach not commonly seen was exposed. When I got to the water’s edge and was praying, the best description I can think of is the offerings were ‘seized’! A wave rapidly came in much closer to shore than the rest of them, and I knew I had to throw them in the water(and run back). Here’s a few photos:

The location
The location

Sutro sunset

the rushing waters
the rushing waters

Sutro wildflowers

Lots of wildflowers on the hillside above. There’s also a tiny spring.

Going To Many Gods West

I’m going to Many Gods West in Olympia, Washington this summer—and will be presenting! Should be interesting! However, transportation and lodging are expensive; certainly for this underpaid education worker. Please help me out (and friends, please, boost). I am offering copies of my book of devotional poetry–From The Prow Of Myth, signed, and mailed domestically for $11.00. (bit more int.) Let me know if you are interested and I will give you paypal info. The book is divided into three sections: one for the Celtic deities and heroes, another for Hellenic Ones (including Antinous and associates) and a third which is animist, local….

Or can order direct at Amazon:

CONTENTS A Brief Preface 4

I Fire, Water, Words

White-Kneed 9 Mac Lir 10 Arrival: Lay of the Tuatha Dé Danann 12 Brigid’s Mantle 13 Danu 14 Nuadha SilverArm 15 The Good God 16 Ogma’s Knife 17 Keeper of the Well 18 Boann 19 Bright Spots of Beauty 20 Brigid’s Flight 21 Great Queen 22 Sovereignty 23 The 365 Days of Miach 24 Beltaine’s Charm 25 On Lughnasadh 26 Samhain Bed 27 Mac Oc 28 The Plain of Macha 19 Manannán’s Pool 30 Fionn 31 Finntan’s Salmon 32 Cú Chulainn’s Donation 33 Astray (for Suibhne Geilt) 34 Gate of May 35 Of Myrddin’s Station 36 Radiant Brow or Wisdom From a Salmon Weir 37 Cernunnos 39 2 Artio of the Bears 40 Gleaning For Arduinna 41

II Flowers, Wine, Mirrors

A Prayer for Earth 45 Eros Unloosed 46 A Grammar For Aphrodite 47 Cave-Born Zeus 48 I Sing of Hermes 49 Pan 50 The Key Bearer 51 Persephone’s Vintage 52 The Tiger Swims (for Dionysos) 54 Labyrinth of Mirrors 55 Erigone 57 Wine-Haired 58 Retinue 59 Serving Magna Mater 60 Mistress of the Animals 62 Hippolytus 63 For Apollo 64 For Herakles 65 Iolaus 66 Hylas 67 Ganymede’s Rapture 68 Flower Anthology 69 Western Sunrise 70 The Lion and the Lotus 71 Hadrian and Sappho 72 Balbilla to Sabina at Memnon 73 Hermes’ and Aphrodite’s Child 74 Drift of the Nymphs 75

III. Dancing on the Brink of the World 3 Suibhne Again 79 Viridescence 80 San Gregorio 81 Crabapple 83 Lava Flowers 84 When Birds are Gods 86 For The Oaks 87 Deposition of the Ancestors 88 Queen Califia 89 She Drums the Bay 90 Spring on Mt. Tamalpais 91 On Mt. Pinos 92 At Medicine Lake 93 Orpheus Outside 94 Glossary 97

Also for $25 I will write a praise poem to One of your choosing. And all contributions greatly appreciated! Study is part of my piety; there’s a lot of research behind much of what I do, please help me out, yadayada….